Ruby Trax

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Ruby Trax
Various - Ruby Trax.jpg
Compilation album by Various Artists
Released 23 November 1992 (1992-11-23)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 156:04
Label New Musical Express
Producer various producers
Singles from Ruby Trax
  1. "Theme from MASH" / "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You"
    Released: 7 September 1992 (1992-09-07)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Ruby Trax - The NME's Roaring Forty is a compilation album released by the magazine NME in 1992 to commemorate 40 years of publication. The album features 40 cover versions of classic Number 1 songs by popular bands of the era, though technically not all of the songs (such as Ultravox's "Vienna" recorded by Vic Reeves) were number ones. It was released in the following formats: three LPs (NME40LP), three CDs (NME40CD) or two cassettes (NME40MC), all having a total of 40 songs.

The album spawned a double A-side single featuring Manic Street Preachers' version of "Suicide Is Painless", which was listed as "Theme from M.A.S.H.", and The Fatima Mansions' take on Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" . The 12" and CD versions of the single included an extra Manic Street Preacher song "Sleeping with the NME". The single peaked at #7 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

All proceeds from the album went to the charity The Spastics Society.

Track listings[edit]

3-CD version[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Coz I Luv You" Noddy Holder, Jim Lea The Wonder Stuff 3:26
2. "When Will I See You Again?" Gamble and Huff Billy Bragg 2:59
3. "Little Red Rooster" Willie Dixon The Jesus and Mary Chain 3:24
4. "Atomic" Debbie Harry, Jimmy Destri The Mission 5:11
5. "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen, Robert John "Mutt" Lange The Fatima Mansions 6:26
6. "Stranger in Paradise" Alexander Borodin, Robert Wright, George Forrest Saint Etienne 3:25
7. "Cumberland Gap" traditional The Wedding Present 1:30
8. "(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice" Lucio Battisti, Jack Fishman Aztec Camera / Andy Fairweather-Low 5:22
9. "Show You the Way to Go" Gamble and Huff Dannii Minogue 4:40
10. "Where Do You Go To My Lovely?" Peter Sarstedt Welfare Heroine 5:20
11. "Bad Moon Rising" John Fogerty The Blue Aeroplanes 5:21
12. "Apache" Jerry Lordan Senseless Things 2:41
13. "Mr. Tambourine Man" Bob Dylan Teenage Fanclub 2:11
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Another Brick in the Wall" Roger Waters Carter USM 3:49
2. "Maggie May" Rod Stewart, Martin Quittenton Blur 4:08
3. "Ashes to Ashes" David Bowie Tears for Fears 4:32
4. "Rock Your Baby" Harry Wayne Casey, Richard Finch The House of Love 2:31
5. "I'm a Believer" Neil Diamond The Frank and Walters 2:42
6. "Shaddap You Face" Joe Dolce EMF 1:56
7. "Brass in Pocket" Chrissie Hynde, James Honeyman-Scott Suede 3:42
8. "Ring My Bell" Frederick Knight Tori Amos 4:35
9. "Lady Madonna" Lennon–McCartney Kingmaker 2:04
10. "Like a Prayer" Madonna, Patrick Leonard Marc Almond 6:10
11. "Don't You Want Me?" Philip Oakey, Jo Callis, Philip Adrian Wright The Farm 4:09
12. "I've Never Been to Me" Ron Miller, Kenneth Hirsch Ned's Atomic Dustbin 5:28
13. "My Sweet Lord" George Harrison Boy George 3:27
Disc three
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Voodoo Chile" Jimi Hendrix Jesus Jones 5:15
2. "Sunny Afternoon" Ray Davies Bob Geldof 3:49
3. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" Ennio Morricone Johnny Marr & Billy Duffy 4:50
4. "Down Down" Francis Rossi, Bob Young Cud 3:20
5. "The Legend of Xanadu" Ken Howard, Alan Blaikley The Fall 3:28
6. "Secret Love" Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster Sinéad O'Connor 2:53
7. "World without Love" Lennon–McCartney World Party 3:10
8. "Tainted Love" Ed Cobb Inspiral Carpets 4:24
9. "Baby Come Back" Eddy Grant Elektric Music 4:01
10. "The Model" Ralf Hütter, Karl Bartos, Emil Schult Ride 3:49
11. "Vienna" Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Warren Cann, Billy Currie Vic Reeves 3:21
12. "Go Now" Larry Banks, Milton Bennett Tin Machine 4:30
13. "I Feel Love" Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte Curve 4:25
14. "Suicide Is Painless" Johnny Mandel, Mike Altman Manic Street Preachers 3:40